MIT installs first campus chaplain

Preparing students for accomplishments beyond the laboratory
An iconic temple of scientific inquiry has embraced a new relationship with organized religion. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall installed its first chaplain in the school’s 146-year history.

Robert M. Randolph, an ordained Church of Christ minister, accepted the mantle of chaplain to the institute in a ceremony September 30. Randolph has worked at MIT for 28 years, most recently in the role of senior associate dean.

The new job “marks a change at MIT,” Randolph wrote recently in his blog. “Attention is being paid here to the role of religion in the human experience. I will be chaplain to the whole institute, believers, nonbelievers, the uncertain.”

Administrators also hailed the creation of the new post as an important step for an institution that aims to prepare graduates for accomplishments both in and beyond the laboratory.


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